What is Diabetes?
Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), or simply, diabetes, is a group of diseases characterized by high blood glucose levels that result from defects in the body's ability to produce and/or use insulin. [American Diabetes Association]
Nearly 50,000 people in the East Los Angeles area have diabetes. That’s not surprising, since one in seven Latinos and one in four Mexican-Americans over the age of 45 are diabetic.
Many people in our community don’t know they have diabetes because they have never been tested. Many just try to cope with the symptoms, not knowing why they feel the way they do.
The results of untreated diabetes can be devastating-blindness, amputations, heart disease and other serious medical problems.